This is J. Rippel’s tattoo:
Just an ever-present reminder of my love, my home, my muse, Illinois. Designed by a good friend.
Byzantium, I come not from,
But from another time and place
Whose race was simple, tried and true;
I dropped me forth in Illinois.
A name with neither love nor grace
Was Waukegan, there I came from
And not, good friends, Byzantium.
- Excerpt from “Byzantium” by Ray Bradbury